Inside, there was some playing with computers and ubuntu. One laptop loaded, one server loaded, another laptop in process. The third laptop doesn't start up because a ribbon cable is hosed. Or at least I think that's the problem. It's the most likely culprit. It can go in the fixit pile.
Pooch walked, pets fed, gas bill paid, at least in part. One monster partly constructed.
One more somewhat nifty thing to do before retiring for the evening.